Twenty years have passed since a ValuJet plane went down in the Florida Everglades, fatally killing all 110 of the people who were on board that day. Investigators determined that improperly packaged oxygen generators on the airplane caused a fire, resulting in the fatal aviation accident that took place on May 11, 1996. Investigators are still looking for a man who was one of the mechanics involved in the illegal removal and shipping of the oxygen generators on the plane.
Indictments in the Plane Crash
In the aftermath of the plane crash, multiple agencies took part in the investigation, including the FBI. The investigation led to the indictment of Sabretech, Inc, a facility that repairs aircrafts. Three employees of Sabretech, Inc were also indicted for their participation in not properly packaging chemical oxygen generators that were loaded onto the flight. Despite the lack of safety caps, the employees signed off on the paperwork for Flight 592 and sent it on its way. As Flight 592 was flying over the Florida Everglades, the oxygen generators started a fire on the airplane, which caused the airplane to crash and kill everyone who was aboard the ValuJet flight that day.
Fugitive Status 20 Years Later
Greg Feith, current aviation security consultant and the lead investigator for the NTSB at the time of the plane crash, posted on his Facebook page on the 20th anniversary of the tragedy that the FBI is still working on apprehending Mauro Ociel Valenzuela. He was indicted for conspiracy to make false statements to the FAA and the Department of Transportation and causing the transportation of Hazardous material. Valenzuela became a fugitive when he fled before trial and was further charged with disobedience and resistance to lawful order and command of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
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If you or a loved one suffered injuries or died due to a negligence of an entity providing adequate and reasonable measures for safety on an airplane, contact a Tampa Bay aviation accident attorney to discuss the circumstances of the flight you were on and how your injuries are affecting your life today. Most often, the injuries or deaths that occur in plane accidents could have been easily prevented by simply following safety measures and protocols. Reach out to our firm today.